April 17, 2004
Charlotte, NC - The Lady Broncos of Fayetteville State University captured their third consecutive CIAA Women's Tennis Championship on Saturday afternoon at Hornet's Nest Park in Charlotte, NC as they edged the Lady Trojans of Virginia State University by the score of 66-62 despite VSU capturing five flight championships (two doubles and three singles).
The Lady Broncos started out the first day of the tournament by sweeping their way to all three doubles finals and emerging victorious once, while finishing in the runner-up spot twice. The excellent showing earned FSU the day-one lead as they checked in with 22 points.
The Lady Trojans of Virginia State finished the first day of the tournament in second place as they captured championships in two of three doubles events, but trailed FSU by two points at 22-20 after the first day of competition.
The singles competition is where the Lady Broncos once again relegated the Lady Trojans to their third straight runner-up finish. FSU found themselves in all six singles finals and from a team points perspective, locked up their CIAA Women's Tennis Championship three-peat.
The Lady Broncos emerged victorious in two of the six finals appearances on Saturday morning with Virginia State winning three singles championships.
The Lady Bears of Shaw University finished the tournament in third place overall with 49 points as they continue to close the gap between themselves and the CIAA's elite women's tennis programs.
With the championship, the Lady Broncos have captured three consecutive CIAA Women's Tennis titles and once again prove that they are the class of the women's tennis programs in the conference.
Fayetteville State University Head Women's Tennis Coach Elorine Hill, when speaking on behalf of her team, had the following comment:
"I had some concerns coming into this tournament. I have three freshman on this team and I was curious as to what their mental preparation would be like heading into this very long three days. However, they performed like seniors and erased all of my apprehension about their preparedness. They bought into our system at FSU and really played well. This was no easy task. To win three straight titles is a real challenge, and to win this tournament with teams like Virginia State and Shaw right on our heels is a real testament to how well these ladies performed. I need to thank the players on this team for their hard work all year and give special thanks to my Director of Athletics William Carver, Jr. who has continually gone above and beyond to provide us with the support and commitment that has allowed us to carry on the tradition of success in women's tennis that we have enjoyed at FSU."
In WSSU women's tennis action, Janet Wheeler turned in the best WSSU showing of the tournament, and the best WSSU finish in the last six seasons as she finished in third place in the fifth singles division. Wheeler, a first-year tennis player at WSSU faltered a bit in her opening match, and cruised to the third place finish. She helped WSSU capture a sixth-place team finish.
Team Point Totals:
Fayetteville State-66-First Place
Virginia State-62-Second Place
Johnson C. Smith-45-Fourth Place
North Carolina Central-41-Fifth Place
Winston-Salem State-24-Sixth Place
Bowie State-21-Seventh Place
Elizabeth City State-12-Eighth Place
First Doubles/Virginia State/Ashley Saunders and Ada Lopez
Second Doubles/Virginia State/Karen Barnes and Ariel Pegues
Third Doubles/Fayetteville State/Lakeisha Cribb and Tameika McLean
First Singles/Fayetteville State/Brahsheedah Elohim
Second Singles/Virginia State/Ashley Saunders
Third Singles/Rashida Riley/Shaw
Fourth Singles/Virginia State/Ariel Pegues
Fifth Singles/Virginia State/Lenee Richards
Sixth Singles/Fayetteville State/LaKeisha Cribb
Most Outstanding Women's Tennis Player: Brasheedah Elohim (Fayetteville State University)